A Crazee Falafel Platter
A Crazee Falafel Platter
Lee Klein

Crazee Olive's Late Night Falafel On South Beach

How can it be that a new falafel joint opened almost a year ago and nobody told me? I had to sniff it out myself while riding by last night on Washington Avenue. Crazee Olive Mediterranean Grill is actually more than just a falafel joint -- it offers a pretty extensive menu. There are burgers, chicken wings, salmon or shrimp kabobs as well as shawarma, hummus and the like. I tried the falafel platter, which with tax came to $8.71. The chick pea fritters were freshly fried, crisp on the outside and creamy within -- greened with herbs, too. Ripe tomatoes on the side, along with cucumbers, red onion and lettuce, were dressed with vinegar and sprinkled with sumac. Fries ($2.25/$2.75) are hand cut and excellent -- they come with fancy toppings, but I stuck with the classic. Pita bread was warmed, and you get a side of tahini as well as a spicy harissa dip. It was a great falafel platter.

Crazee wasn't very crazy when I ate there during early evening, but it hops late at night and later at night -- stays open until 6 a.m. on weekends. Or so I'm told. I've got a feeling I'll find myself here more often during lunch time, maybe to take advantage of five-buck lunch offers that include burger, fries, and soda; or six fried wings, fries, and soda; or a six-ounce falafel burger. Crazee Olive's owner is Iranian, the chef is Lebanese, the workers are as friendly as can be. I shall return to check out the hummus.

751 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach 33139
305-397-8181

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send: